# Questions tagged [finite-field]

A finite field is a mathematical construct based on a set of axioms which are held to be true. A number of interesting and useful properties arise from finite fields that makes them particularly suitable for use in cryptography, notably in block ciphers. Questions concerning finite fields should use this tag. Your question may concern finite fields if you are asking about AES, block ciphers or modular arithmetic.

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### LFSR, polynomial , finite field

I'm having a hard time understanding the concept of LFSR, polynomials and finite field and how to solve exercises like picture below. Could anyone give me some pointer on where to start?
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### (AES in mind) How can we show two irreducible polynomials have a bit-wise linear isomorphism

This refers to answer 2 on a similar question:Design properties of the Rijndael finite field I am unsure what many of the terms mean in this answer. I think a bit-wise linear isomorphism of ...
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### Calculating the multiplicative inverse of a number in $GF(2^n)$ where $n > 8$

Suppose that: We have a polynomial $g(x)$ of degree $n$. $n > 8$. $q$ is the multiplicative inverse of $p$ in $G(2^n)$ modulo $g(x)$. If $p = 0$, then $q = 0$. This could be used: As a non-...
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### Why equation Y^2=X^3 +AX+B can't work with finte field of charateristic 2?

I know that we can't define $dx/dy$ with this equation because $2y = 0$ with finite field of charateristic $2$. But with $GF(2^n)$ (has characteristic by $2$) $2=x$ not $0$. Do I misunderstand here?
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### Why is x^8 + x^4 + x^3 + x + 1 used in AES's Rcon?

I am not familiar with field theory so please bear with me if this is obvious to you. I was wondering why this particular reducing polynomial $x^8+x^4+x^3+x+1$ is picked for AES' Rcon. Can't it be ...
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### how to choose a random secret key for ECDH

I am a beginner, I can understand the basics of ECC and elliptic curve, i can't find where I missed to understand. But I have a great doubt in ECDH regarding below. Could any of you please clarify for ...
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### When to use safe prime or Schnorr group

Protocols that use $\mathbb{Z}_{p}^*$ arithmetic often choose $p$ to be a safe prime ($p = 2q + 1$, for prime $q$) or to have the Schnorr group form ($p = rq + 1$, for prime $q$). I understand that ...
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### Solve a system of non linear equations over GF

I have the following set of equations: $$M_{1}=\frac{y_1-y_0}{x_1-x_0}$$ $$M_{2}=\frac{y_2-y_0}{x_2-x_0}$$ $M_1, M_2, x_1, y_1, x_2, y_2,$ are known and they are chosen from a $GF(2^m)$. I want ...
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### are all elements of ZpxZp in ECC definite over Zp

are all elements of ZpxZp in ECC (elliptic curve) definite over Zp ? otherwise: assume G a base point of ECC and n the order of G. why n is equal or nother to p*p ? (p a prime number). (Think to a ...
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### Construction of Isomorphism between Galois Fields

I am trying to create an isomorphism between GF($2^8$) and an extension field in GF($(2^4)^2$). The finite field GF($2^8$) uses the Rijndael(AES) irreducible polynomial.In this field I have found 128 ...
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### Shamir's Secret Sharing on non-prime GF

I am implementing Shamir's secret sharing scheme on arbitrary binary files. I don't intend to use this; this is a project to help me explore cryptography. In setting up the finite field arithmetic, ...
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### Elliptic Curve Isogenies, Frobenius endomorphism relation to characteristic equation

In Schoof's 1995 paper, Counting points on elliptic curves over finite fields, page 236, Proposition 6.1(i) states: Let $\mathbb{E}$ be an elliptic curve over $\mathbb{F}_p$. Suppose that its $j$-...
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### representing binary finite fields in ASN.1

In SEC 2: Recommended Elliptic Curve Domain Parameters two types of finite fields are utilized - $\mathbb{F}_p$ and $\mathbb{F}_{2^m}$. In the case of sect193r1, $\mathbb{F}_{2^m}$ is the finite field,...
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### trying to understand multiplication + reduction in binary finite fields [duplicate]

The wikipedia.org article on Finite field arithmetic provides an example of multiplying $83$ and $206$ in $\mathbb{F}_{2^8}$ with $x^8+x^4+x^3+x+1$ as the reducing polynomial (in fact it is the ...
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### Endomorphism ring of a Elliptic Curve and $j$ invariant

I am reading Schoof's 1995 paper, Counting points on elliptic curves over finite fields, page 236, Proposition 6.1(i). I am trying to understand page 238 (second paragraph) of the proof: if the ...
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### How many Affine function can be made from $4 \times 4$ and $8 \times 8$ S-boxes?

The nonlinearity of an S-Box is defined as the non-linearity of its vectorial Boolean Function. Let $F$ be the hamming distance between the set of all non-constant linear combinations of component ...
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### Implementation of ECC over binary field

I am supposed to implement ECC over binary field (in C++) for equations of the type - $y^2 + xy = x^3 + ax + b$, as my project. I wish to include the following features : The user will enter a prime ...
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### Short Weierstrass equation is non-singular for not 2 or 3 characteristic

Consider a field $K$ of characteristic $p \neq 2,3$. Consider a curve $E$ over $K$ defined by the equation $y^2 = x^3 + ax + b$. How can I show that: $E$ is not an elliptic curve (it is not ...
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### How to apply Pollard's Rho Method on elliptic curves to solve discrete logarithm problem in finite field?

I have ElGamal signature scheme implemented in finite field $\mathbb{F}_p$. The thing is that I need to apply Pollard's Rho Method on elliptic curve $E(\mathbb{F}_p)$ to this scheme, solve discrete ...
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### How was the GCM polynomial found?

As far as I understand, there is no general way to enumerate irreducible polynomials in a particular finite field, which are similar in nature to prime numbers over the integers. The GCM mode finite ...
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### Can we have Rijndael s-boxes constructed using reducible polynomials?

Is it necessary for the Rijnael polynomial to be irreducible? Can we have s-boxes constructed using reducible polynomials? If not what is the mathematical property that is obstructing to do so?
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### Is it necessary for the Rijndael polynomial to be primitive?

I am working on selecting a S-box for my Cipher (Similar to AES). I found out there are 30 irreducible polynomials and over 16 primitive polynomials of degree 8. Is it necessary to choose a primitive ...
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### Abelian groups in Elliptic curves [closed]

Do every elliptic curve defined over a prime field forms an abelian group?
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### Efficient proof of linear subspace membership

I am trying to find an efficient method of doing the following: Let $U$ be a $d$-dimensional linear subspace of $\mathbb{F}_q^n$. I want a protocol between a trusted party $T$, a prover $P$ and a ...
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### A Question about Irreducible Polynomials [closed]

I am doing some self-study in the area of Cryptography. I am using the Third Edition of the book "Cryptography Theory and Practice" by Douglas R. Stinson. Based upon the information on page 105, in ...
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### Multiplication by 2 in the Rijndael Galois field

I was studying the mix column transformation in AES and working through an example. $[\mathtt{02}]\cdot[\mathtt{87}]$ - this multiplication works fine in the polynomial form modulo $x^8+x^4+x^3+x+1$. ...
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### Order of an elliptic curve defined over a prime field

I found the following algorithm to find the generator of an elliptic curve: Find the order of the curve - N. Choose any random point on the curve - P. Find the order of that point - n. Calculate co-...
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### Galois fields in cryptography

I don't really understand Galois fields, but I've noticed they're used a lot in crypto. I tried to read into them, but quickly got lost in the mess of heiroglyphs and alien terms. I understand they're ...
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### AES MixColumns using L and E lookup tables

I am trying to verify the multiplication by $\mathtt{02}$ in Galois Fields for MixColumns function using the L and E lookup tables. I could verify $\mathtt{D4}\cdot\mathtt{02}=\mathtt{B3}$ by manual ...
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### Does the generator (base point) is preshared between the sender and receiver in elliptic curve cryptography?

Or the elliptic curve and the generator point are known to everyone?
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### How to find the generator of an elliptic curve? [duplicate]

If the elliptic curve has prime order of points, then all of its points are generator. Is this true? If so, how can I find the optimized generator(which generates more number of points) among them?
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### Why are elliptic curves constructed using prime fields and not composite fields?

I come across this: Numbers mod composite number does not form a field rather it forms a ring and every number has a multiplicative inverse under integer mod prime Maybe these are the reasons ...
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### Do the elliptic curves over prime fields must always contain prime number of elements (prime order)?

I have gone through one example where i saw a curve defined over some prime number containing non-prime order.
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### why are non singular curves used in elliptic curve cryptography?

It is not possible to draw tangent at all the points of a singular curve. What is the specialty of this and how it is related to cryptography and elliptic discriminant?
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### Elliptic curves with field sizes that not byte-aligned

Why there are abnormal field size like 521, 571, 233, 283 bits in prime and binary fields that are defined by NIST?
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### The existence of partial homomorphic additive encryption with bit-wise XOR operation

According to Protocol A that was presented in Section 3.1 paper entitled "Some Efficient Solutions to Yaoās Millionaire Problem" (2013). [1] In that protocol they used an assumption that there is ...
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### Advantage of $\operatorname{GF}(2^8)$ over $\mathbb Z/2^8\mathbb Z$ in AES/Rijndael

The Galois Field is used in the mixColumns step of the Rijndael-Algorithm. Over $\operatorname{GF}(2^8)$ (irreducible polynomial: $x^8 + x^4 + x^3 + x + 1$), the ...
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### What is the importance of Rcon in Rjindael's key expansion from a security prespective?

I do not see why the Rcon function is important, it looks like a waste of cycles. $$\operatorname{Rcon}(i) = 2^{i-1} \bmod p(x)$$ is in $\operatorname{GF}(2^8)$, ...
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### Commiting to a linear relation over a finite field

Suppose I have some finite field $k$. I am wondering if there exists a way to commit to a linear relation $a_1x_1 + a_2x_2 + \cdots + a_mx_m = b$ over $k$ , such that I can later reveal that a certain ...
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### Finding the cycle set of specific polynomial

I have a school assignment where the problem lies in finding the cycle set of two different polynomials. I tried to look up different tools on how to solve these problems, but I have a hard time ...
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### Generating Diffie-Hellman parameters

I'm trying to implement a diffie-hellman key exchange in c++, and I'm struggling with my missing understanding of math / group theory. Let's say I found a large prime number p - how can I find a ...
### How calculation over $GF(2^2)$ is executed?
I was unable to understand the calculation procedure given for $GF(2^m)^2$ in the follwing pdf: http://faculty.washington.edu/manisoma/ee540/EE540finite.pdf In page 21 of the pdf, "Inversion over ...